Nuclear Cranes

Hunterston Nuclear Wet ILW sludge retrieval systems
Berkeley low headroom ILW handling
Trawsfynydd MOTs crane
Hunterstone SAWBR Nirex box handling crane

With quality and safety as priority, SCX Special Projects custom designs high-integrity cranes and bespoke lifting solutions in compliance with stringent regulations and critical requirements, having installed cranes and handing solutions at nuclear facilities across the country, including Sellafield, Harwell, Hunterston, Hinkley, Trawsfynydd, Berkeley and Winfrith.

high integrity hoist design

Rigorous standards, combined with in-depth consultations, flexible project management and high levels of customer care, enables SCX Special Projects to produce Class 1 nuclear cranes and robust, reliable nuclear engineering solutions designed to improve the efficiency of your operations, always with safety as the top priority.

Enhanced safety features including remote operation, automation, recovery systems, single point failure prevention, seismic testing, anti-collision provisions, condition monitoring, advanced fail-safe hoist braking systems, overload and over-speed protection, precise positioning and any number of additional safety features, ensure the reliability required during hazardous operations.

Whether your application requires a completely bespoke handling solution, or a cost-effective modified-off-the-shelf system using standard cranes with enhanced features to meet design codes and safety requirements specific to the nuclear industry, you can be sure that the final solution will be tailored to your exact specifications and needs.HMI containment

Where containment is the primary concern, solutions can be created so as to be operated remotely from the hazardous environment. Remote control stations can be equipped with CCTV and all solutions will have purpose designed controls perfectly suited to the equipment in question.

Solutions can then be backed up by dual diverse & independant active safety and recovery systems, so that in the event of a breakdown on the primary control, the load can be set down in an appropriate destination before the equipment is rescued from the containment area for maintenance.

Winfrith Polar Crane Refurbishment


In addition to new installations, SCX Special Projects are also able to upgrade existing lifting equipment to meet evolving needs or standards. Refurbishments and upgrades can be undertaken where older handling equipment does not measure up to the UK’s ever-increasing safety standards, integrating a full range of modern safety and efficiency features to bring older systems in line with both changes in industry regulations and your evolving requirements. This service is particularly valuable in decommissioning, enabling older, obsolete lifting equipment to be re-commissioned, at a significant cost saving compared to new cranes, and then used in the disassembly and removal of old disused facilities.

Nuclear Mast



Nuclear Masts

Whilst SCX Special Projects can develop cranes to lift and manoeuver virtually anything, it is our masts that provide the optimum solution for tool manipulation, due to their rigid construction and the stability provided when external forces act on the tools during use.

To see how our masts will be engineered specifically to your needs, see our Nuclear Masts page.